The 2 MW SR2000 tidal turbine was towed to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Orkney site by Green Marine’s vessel the Green Isle, where it was installed at the as part of site commissioning and testing. It left Kirkwall at 9 am on 12th October and was connected to its moorings on the Fall of Warness by 3 pm. Scotrenewables completed all site construction and installation work for the 2MW unit, including installation of the 500 tonne turbine itself, using locally available workboat vessels.
“This is a tremendous achievement for the company and, I’d venture: the tidal sector” said Scotrenewables Tidal Power CEO, Andrew Scott. “And it has only been possible through the determination, vision and ingenuity of a small, but highly determined team that has worked relentlessly to get to this exciting milestone. I’d also like to thank the team at Green Marine whose input and professionalism has been a major benefit to us.”
Referring to the future testing programme for the device, Mr Scott added that the company will be seeking to further emphasise the clear benefits of its approach in the operational phase where much of the standard maintenance can be carried out with simple crew transfer vessels, validating a ‘game-changing’ reduction in the cost of tidal energy.